St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 893 - February 15 / 28, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 893
February 15 / 28, 2016
Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

I Timothy 1:5

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Recent Services
February 18
Pomen for +Sophia Radock Cutter in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
February 19
Matins was read. Funeral and burial service for +Sophia Radock Cutter in Belle Vernon, Pa.
February 20
Midnight Office was read.
February 21
Matins was read.
Third Hour and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-six people attended. Six communicants.
February 22
Matins was read.
February 23
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people came to class.
February 24
Matins canon was read.
Four people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
February 25
Matins was read. Three people came for the Akathist to the Precious Cross.
February 26
Matins read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 5 - Memorial Saturday. Divine Liturgy in Fairmont.
March 6 - Meat-fare Sunday. Parish Executive Board Meeting.
March 11-12 - Diocesan Assembly in Akron, Ohio

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All People Suffering.

Parish Life

See bulletin board for details on the Lifeline fundraiser for orphanages in Serbia, Republika Srpska and Kosovo to be held on March 5 in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Deanery schedule for Lenten Vespers is on the bulletin board.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

Plan to increase personal investment in Great Lent

Thank you to all continuing to contribute to the Greene County Food Bank. Contributions of non-perishable food items are always welcome to feed the needy.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

Remember the 125 people that died in 1972 in Buffalo Creek Hollow, West Virginia when Pittstonís coal slurry dam burst.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember and appreciate the men and women in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The desire within each person to draw closer to God.
Acting on the desire to repel sin and draw closer to God.
Being sorrowful for personal sin and recommitting to the life in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 18 - Pomen for +Sophia Radock Cutter in Belle Vernon, Pa. Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
February 19 - Funeral and burial service for +Sophia Radock Cutter in Belle Vernon. Blessed one house in Waynesburg.
February20 - Went to Johnstown, Pennsylvania for Pittsburg Deanery Meeting on Christian Education at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church.
February 20 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for house blessing.
February 22 - Went to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana for Standing Committee Meeting on Christian Education.
February 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
February 24 - Went to Westin, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
February 25 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and College Student Ministry.

Proverbs 11:16

A merciful mnn does good to his soul, but an unmerciful man utterly destroys his body.

( Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008 )

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (KJV)

The current Gospel is a source of hope for each person having wasted the time and resources of life. Each person having distancing themselves from God has the opportunity to return.

The good and loving God welcomes returning sons and daughters. The good and loving God rejoices when a person realizes the need for God. The good and loving God patiently awaits the return of sons and daughters gone astray.

The hunger for completeness realized in God comes from within. God is the authentic satisfaction of spiritual hunger. God gives the opportunities for realizing life fully, completely and joyfully.

The prodigal son wasted the time of his life when he distanced himself from his father. The prodigal son denied himself the daily blessings of being with his father and faithful brother.

Countless believers have fallen away from Godís Holy Church. Countless believers have fallen away from the Church where nourishment for the soul is constantly provided.

Innumerable Christians have distanced themselves from active presence in Godís Holy Church. God welcomes with great joy returning believers that have fallen away.

The father in the present Gospel celebrated when the prodigal son approached. The father reassured the faithful son of his continuing fatherly love. Sinners having fallen away from Christ are encouraged to return.

Former parishioners are encouraged to return and experience the reassuring and healing love of God. Faithful parishioners are encouraged to rejoice when a fallen away brother or sister returns to church.

Godís love is inexhaustible. Godís love is rediscovered and experienced as a new when a distant son or daughter comes home. Godís love is welcoming and forgiving.

Great Lent is the opportune time to return to Godís Holy Church. Great Lent is the time for each believer to draw closer to God. The journey to Pascha is the annual journey bringing immeasurable joy.

The journey to Pascha seems great when Great Lent begins. The prodigal son when he first realized he needed to return to his father did not expect the joyous welcome.

The father was joyous as God is joyous when a distant son or daughter returns. Sons and daughters distant from Godís Holy Church find Godís welcoming love heals and renews.

God is good and forgiving. God sees the sincere heart of the returning son and daughter. God is the love needed to heal broken hearts and hurting minds. God is the peace necessary to restore wholeness to the hurt person.

God is the greatest healer. God is the greatest source of love. God teaches love. The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the depth of His love when He voluntarily ascended the Cross.

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is a lasting lesson about the extent of Godís love. The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is an annual invitation for each person to return from the far country of sin.

Being away from God to any degree is living less than the full life possible. At Holy Baptism, the person is fully dedicated to God. Complete dedication is expected during the remaining time of life.

When a person is less than completely dedicated to Christ, the person is in a far country and needs to recommit to Christ completely. The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the time for each person to fully return and recommit to Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 15 / 28, 2016
Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
St. Onesimus, Apostle.
Ven. Eusebius the Recluse

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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